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Which stylistic devices are used in The Crucible?

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Similes and metaphors are examples of stylistic devices. They are both comparisons, although similes contain the word "like" or "as."

Abigail uses this simile when talking to John:

"You clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near!"

Another example of simile in the text:

"I will fall like an ocean on that court!"

Below is a metaphor, comparing theology to a fortress:

"Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small."

Personification gives human-like qualities to something. John uses personification in this famous quote:

"I'll tell you what's walking in Salem—vengeance is walking in Salem."

The below quote from John is another example of personification, and can also be considered an example of hyperbole.

"Oh Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer."

The play is filled with dramatic and situational irony . One specific example is in Act II, when Hale visits the Proctors. He asks John to recite the Ten Commandments. John does so, but...

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